The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
- Considering the Fourth Amendment and the United States Supreme Court’s interpretation of the amendment, does someone who places their garbage bags outside have a reasonable expectation of privacy regarding the contents of the garbage bags? Why or why not?
Assume that you are in your chosen criminal justice profession, such as law enforcement officer, probation officer, or criminal investigator.
- Examine the Fourth and Fifth Amendments and discuss the steps you would take to ensure that actions do not violate a citizen’s Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights.
Assignment 3.)Week 5 Assignment 2 – Crime Scene Investigation Walk-Through
When you arrive on the scene of a crime, you must follow certain procedures to ensure the admissibility of evidence. For this assignment, you will use a case file of a real crime scene and assume the role of the crime scene investigator. You will create a presentation in which you document your process, present your findings, and provide an evaluation of the scene in a narrated PowerPoint or presentation tool of your choice.
To help you prepare for this assignment, use the Mock Crime Scene to review the steps of evaluating a crime scene.
Choose one of the following cases from your textbook resource:
- “He Hit Her Until She Fell… and That Was Just the Beginning,” Brandl, pp. 363–373.
- “A Mutilation Murder,” Brandl, p. 670.
- Then, create a 5–10 minute presentation in which you:
- Identify the tools you used to evaluate the crime scene. Provide a rationale for your choices.
- Outline the steps you took to secure the crime scene.
- Describe the techniques and procedures you used to process the crime scene, including a list of the evidence collected. Explain the reasons for your procedures.
- Describe the steps you took to preserve the evidence and provide an explanation for your process.
- Provide photos of the crime scene.
- Create a crime scene map that illustrates the crime scene upon arrival.
- Narrate your presentation to walk the audience through the crime scene.
- Use at least two quality sources and cite them on a references slide. You are encouraged to use Basic Search: Strayer University Online Library to find academic resources. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.
- This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment is:
- Evaluate crime scenes using procedures appropriate for the situation.